INEBB | Integration of Sustainable Development in Vocational Training

INEBB | Integration of Sustainable Development in Vocational Training

 
Period: April 1st, 2016 - March 31st, 2019

Funded from the public purse of the → Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) via the → Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) as its projects execution organization.
 
Funding amount: 396,892.00 EUR
Overall costs: 496,115.00 EUR
 
Contact: Martin Wittau martin.wittau(at)bvng.org | +49 30 9190 4278
 
Webpage: → www.inebb.org

Call

 
Global Action Programme on „Education for Sustainable Development“
Vocational Training for Sustainable Development
Pilot projects 2015-2019

Addressed UN sustainability goal

 
Goal 4 Quality education

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Federal Minister for Education and Research, Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, with GFAS Vice President Martin Wittau

Cooperating partners

 

German Federal Association for Sustainability (GFAS) | Berlin

The → German Federal Association for Sustainability is an civil society organized interest group on the level of a national non-governmental organisation (NGO). In this form GFAS is the first national NGO regarding sustainability based on an extended holistic approach towards economic, ecologic, social, participatory and cultural aspects and on balance orientation.

The objectives and tasks of the Federal Association are generated by the requirement to raise awareness for the term “sustainability” on local to global levels. By focusing on the development of civil society action against climate change GFAS is able to activate civil society actors up to a European level.

The Federal Association holds partnerships with the German German Federal Ministry of Education and Research | Science Year 2015, the Helsinki Sustainability Center, the EURICCA Initiative | European Research & Innovation Agency for Cultural Clusters and Associate Partner of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability | The global cities network..

Duties in the project

The Federal Association assumes responsibility for project coordination and coordination of content development of the curriculum in terms of knowledge-based sustainable development. It will also be responsible for the evaluation and assurance of quality in the various stages of the pilot project and thus can monitor and influence the transfer of innovation.


comkomm Unternehmenskommunikation und Markenführung GmbH | Berlin

comkomm Unternehmenskommunikation und Markenführung GmbH has been successfully working in marketing and communications for large and small companies for more than twenty years, training numerous advertisers and media designers during this time.

Comkomm acquired its expertise in developing didactic concepts in long-term further education measures for Deutsche Bahn customer service managers in connection with internal communication and a seminar concept with interactive training material. On behalf of Deutsche Bahn, concepts for primary preventive youth projects and their practical implementation in schools followed. These projects corresponded to the mobility curriculum and extended it to a media box as well as interactive online modules. For the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe BVG, comkomm developed a didactic concept for the mobility education of children with handouts for teachers as well as materials for pupils and pupils.

In recent years, comkomm has increasingly been involved in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and has launched the expert network “concept barrier-free”. More than ever, the effective interaction of sustainable development with inclusion, accessible communication and diversity is seen as part of the corporate strategy. As a certified management consultant, the comkomm Managing Director is committed to sustainability in SMEs and start-up companies as part of a network of consultants. She holds numerous lectures in business associations and leads workshops at the German Seminar for Tourism and other institutions.

Duties in the project

Comkomm is responsible for the entire didactic and methodological concept using new media and involving practice partners such as INQA/IZAG, IHK or the employers’ association. By designing the economic viability of the further education concept, comkomm will make a significant contribution to ensuring that the project’s success will continue beyond the end of the project’s lifetime.


Institute for Future-oriented Work Design (IZAG) | Barleben

As part of the “Initiative New Quality of Work” (INQA) → IZAG as a charitable company works amongst other in the fields of management consultancy, advice and support in modern human resource management, to the quality of work and corporate culture, to education and training and for recruiting skilled employees. The Institute has particular expertise in the field of pool supervision of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Within this framework IZAG is developing concepts, projects, products and services, educational and training opportunities that are appropriate to improve and sustainable secure the quality of work processes and structures in medium-sized companies.

Via the main shareholder European Training Association IZAG has also access to European educational projects. Through its recognized high crosslinking degree in regional structures IZAG has been appointed as coordinator of the regional → INQA networks in Saxony Anhalt.

Duties in the project

As coordinator of the regional INQA network Saxony-Anhalt the institute provides involvement in the development and application of INQA checks for company training. Moreover, by a recognized good networking, IZAG helps to win more ideally multipliers such as the Employer Association of Saxony-Anhalt. IZAG will support the project in the network development considerably, which allows through feedback, exchange and practical implementation aids the sustainable impact of the transfers.

Associate partners

 

Employers and Business Organizations Saxony-Anhalt (AWSA) | Magdeburg

As an umbrella organization of employers and business organizations in Saxony-Anhalt, the → Association of the Employers and Business Organizations Saxony-Anhalt is the mouthpiece of its members associations and their aligned companies from the fields of industry, trade and services, IT industry and crafts and agriculture. As a leading organization AWSA is representing economic and social interests of Saxony-Anhalt’s economy.

The organs of social self-government of Saxony-Anhalt are a central element of the commitment of AWSA. The organization is a member of the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA) and federal country representative of the Federation of German Industries (BDI).

Contribution to the project

AWSA is an important partner, both in terms of the collection of data for the initial analysis at the premises, as well as with regard to the selection of the group of pilot enterprises. In addition, AWSA acts as a multiplier in terms of the connectivity of the project.


Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) | Magdeburg

CCI Magdeburg is one of 80 Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CCI) in Germany. In addition to the CCI Halle-Dessau the CCI Magdeburg is one of two CCI in Saxony-Anhalt and covers the northern part of Saxony-Anhalt, currently the largest CCI region of Germany. In its range it represents the interests of more than 50,000 members towards politics and administration.

Contribution to the project

CCI Magdeburg is an important transfer partner who supports the curriculum through an institutional implementation. Following the pilot, the didactic approach will be incorporated in the training offer of the CCI Magdeburg. Therefore a certification of the advanced training curriculum is an essential requirement that will be accompanied by the CCI via its Committee for Advanced Training.


Planatera Río Sixaola S.A. (PRS) | Talamanca (Costa Rica)

Platanera Río Sixaola, founded by German-born managing director Volker Ribniger, grows bananas since 1992 and since then is harvesting fruits that are produced according to high and sustainable social and environmental standards. The farm covers an area of 275 hectares and has approximately 100 employees, dealing with an annual production volume of around 350,000 boxes of certified organic bananas.

PRS specifically seeks to communicate with its customers about the social and ethical relevance of its products, the cultivation methods and the impact of their activities. The company is in dealing with employees on values such as honesty, responsibility, respect and tolerance regardless of gender, skin color or social background. The company has an participative approach to its employees.

Since November 2015 PRS operates alongside existing regular operational training a new training center. Training is offered to all interested employees during the week, ranging from spelling to the instruction on new sustainable production methods and their positive impact on the biodiversity of the plantation.

Contribution to the project

The Costa Rica based company makes a significant contribution in the development of the curriculum in terms of practical relevance of the learning content to be developed:

with the concrete model of a product manufactured under high sustainability standards (forest banana) as didactic thread, the individual parts of the supply chain can be exemplary incorporated into the curriculum from production through transportation/logistics, warehousing, distribution to the consumer and show the dimension of sustainable development in the sectors of foreign trade, in wholesale and retail outlets.


Global Sustain Group | London, Berlin, Athen

Global Sustain is an international strategic management consultancy. More than 10 years of international activities and experience have an international consulting team focused on consulting services in sustainability – CSR – Risk Management – Compliance & Responsible investment shaped. Global Sustain offers these consulting services to corporations, SMEs, governments, NGOs and associations. The portfolio includes sustainability & CSR in strategy, reporting, benchmarking, communication, stakeholder engagement, investor relations, CSR market intelligence, ESG analysis, project management, training, workshops, forums).

Global Sustain also operates a business network with more than 400 member organizations, 100 of them established corporations and SMEs from various industries. In Berlin, the network is represented by Global Sustain GmbH. It is part of Global Sustain LTD in London. Global Sustain operates another company in Athens, has an office in Brussels and has partners in New York, Zurich and Nicosia.

Contribution to the project

Global Sustain is an important partner, both in terms of the high level of training experience in companies of different sizes, as well as with regard to the didactic and methodological processes in internal company education. In addition, the Global Sustain acts as a multiplier in terms of connectivity of the project.

Project description

 

Summary

The objective of this pilot project is to develop an advanced training offer including curriculum and CCI certification.

Target group of the project is training staff in occupational vocational training (entrepreneurs/business owners, human resources managers, training officers) in the model region of Saxony-Anhalt in the trade sectors of foreign trade, wholesale and retail.

In addition, trainees in the companies benefit by the development of exemplary learning modules, making sustainable development significantly in the specific career field which can be used for operational practice.

The aim of the didactic concept is to identify global challenges and their interdependencies using concrete examples to make the self-efficacy and solution orientation of own action understandable. Sharpening the term “sustainability” makes a contribution to this.

Theoretical basis of this project (based on the specifications of Vocational Training on Sustainable Development) are the three pillars of sustainability: global justice, enduring environmental safety, sustainable economic development, supplemented by the further components participation, culture and balance orientation introduced by the German Federal Association for Sustainability.

The results of the pilot project will be disseminated and utilized via the institutional involvement in the training offers of CCI, the INQA network (by the network partner IZAG) and as own advanced education offer in both ways, sectorally (other professions, crafts) and nationwide.


Preliminary note

The UN Climate Change Conference COP21 aimed to the implementation of the so-called ‘Lima-Paris Action Agenda’ and to provide both, state and non-state actors with practical guidelines and directions to climate action. The INDCs (intended nationally deterministic mined contributions) represent a critical step in the question whether the ambitious climate protection targets for the post-2020 period can be achieved at national level.

Compared with the time before the conference the even more ambitious resolutions, guidelines and requirements of the World Climate Summit in Paris in 2015 require increased efforts in terms of sustainable action. In particular concerning the economy and civil society they have a significant impact on the economic and civic life. In the general public climate change, its impact chains and likely dramatic consequences for all sectors of economic and civic life are perceived at best as an expert discussion.

This raises specifically the question of how business and civil society can best meet the requirements of the World Climate Summit nationally, at European level and global context and without hindering economic and social development, freedom of movement, mobility and prosperity or negatively affecting common values.

As part of the UN Decade for Sustainable Development 2005-2014, the experiment was started to identify aspects of education for sustainable development and to integrate them into the entire spectrum of national education. In this regard, there has been substantial development progress in early childhood education, education of secondary levels 1 and 2 and course content on university level but not in terms of vocational education.

This is even worse as the time of vocational education for a large part of civil society is the determining period for later life, because in this time options of sustainable action are configured.


Objective / target groups

The objective of this pilot project is to develop an advanced training offer including curriculum and CCI certification.
Target group of the project is training staff in occupational vocational training (entrepreneurs/business owners, human resources managers, training officers).

In addition, trainees in the companies benefit by the development of exemplary learning modules, making sustainable development significantly in the specific career field which can be used for operational practice.

Model sector is the trade sector of wholesale/foreign/retail. Model region is the federal country of Saxony-Anhalt where 6 pilot companies each in the areas of foreign trade, wholesale, retail will be selected to test the curriculum. To reduce the degree of abstraction, the curriculum is developed using a concrete model product which also contributes to sharpen the term “sustainability”.

The results of the pilot project will be disseminated and utilized via the institutional involvement in the training offers of CCI, the INQA network (by the network partner IZAG) and as own advanced education offer in both ways, sectorally (other professions, crafts) and nationwide.

The content of curriculum and the CCI certification focusses on

  • own competence development for educational staff,
  • proficiency with skills in the field of sustainable development,
  • mediation of skills to recognize own responsibility and options to act in terms of sustainable aspects in the professional field and on
  • development of skills to identify solution requirements and to increase problem-solving skills / leadership skills
  • by

  • creation of this curriculum designed for a 10-day training,
  • demonstrating new didactic and methodological options of knowledge transfer / blended learning,
  • practical examples for the application during vocational training,
  • successful testing of the curriculum and
  • the establishment of a training offer at CCI and in the INQA Advisors Network.

The objective of the didactic concept is to identify global challenges and their interdependencies in order to make understandable self-efficacy and solution orientation of own action. In the area of the retail/foreign/wholesale trade this includes

  • a fair and sustainable design of work processes (fair and decent working conditions, sustainable economic activity in the form of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)),
  • resource efficiency and resource conservation (material efficiency, renewable energy, energy efficiency and renewable raw materials) and
  • innovative aspects (advancement in the supply and distribution chain, sustainable procurement).

The curriculum to be developed is geared to didactic guidelines for VET for Sustainable Development:

  • specific areas of professional activity and action situations,
  • specific perspectives of sustainable development used as didactic analysis categories,
  • complementation of professional pedagogical and didactic perspective with a sustainability perspective,
  • sensible use of didactically reasonable priorities and
  • taking into account all aspects of sustainability.


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